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Science in the State of the Union

By | January 30, 2014

President Barack Obama gave a nod to research in this week’s address. But was it enough for science advocates?


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Energy Secretary to Step Down

By | February 4, 2013

After a 4-year stretch as US Energy Secretary, during which he fought to fund research on clean energy technology, Steven Chu has announced his resignation.


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The Legacy of Kyoto

By | November 29, 2012

The Kyoto agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions was flawed, but it provides useful lessons for upcoming climate regulation negotiations.


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Eco-friendly Flush

By | August 17, 2012

A solar-powered toilet that converts human waste into electricity snags first place—and $100,000—at the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

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Better Biofuel Crops

By | July 1, 2012

One way to increase biofuel production is to engineer plants that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, thereby expanding the range in which such crops can be grown. 


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Biofuels by the Numbers

By | July 1, 2012

Of the many available no- or low-carbon methods to harvest energy, including wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and solar approaches, conversion of plant biomass to liquid fuels is the most cost-effective strategy.



July 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the July 2012 issue of The Scientist.


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Growing Better Biofuel Crops

By | July 1, 2012

Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.

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Ornithologists Want Windmill Research

By | June 21, 2012

Researchers call for access to more data from energy companies to find strategies that will limit bird and bat deaths from wind turbines.

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Q&A: Debate Over Climate Panel Bias

By | July 18, 2011

A climate change writer is concerned over possible bias within an IPCC working group that assesses options for combating climate change.


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